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March 2016 Favourites

11 April 2016

march 2016 favourites
Another month, another favourites post. This month has been pretty minimal in terms of makeup (again!) but I’ve been getting into BB creams more, thanks to the EXCELLENT moisturiser I’ve been using to get my dry skin to act like normal skin. So without further ado, let’s get a-cracking.

A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cream 200ml, £10.50
This emollient cream is what dreams are made of if you suffer from dry, flaky skin (I don’t have sensitive skin but this is aimed at very sensitive, sore skin). My skin had been so dry this past winter, to the point where I couldn’t wear any foundation or BB creams without it going all rough and flaky on my forehead and cheeks. I had a sample of the A-Derma Exomega emollient which had been in my drawer for a couple of years and I took it on a weekend away, and as soon as I came back I had to order it in this monster size. It is literally the only cream that genuinely hydrates my skin for a full 24 hours, and it’s amazing on my lizard skin legs too (it can be used for face and body). E45 has nothing on this stuff, and I can see this being a forever repurchase. Definite holy grail status!

Origins Ginger Essence Sensuous Skin Scent 50ml, £32.50
If anyone has ever tried the Origins Ginger range (not to be confused with GinZing), you’ll understand just how intoxicating and addictive the scent is. I had the Ginger Rush body moisturiser already but I’d always be sad when the scent wore off. I recently discovered it’s available as a perfume, and I was straight down to John Lewis to brandish my credit card about. I’ve worn this every single day and can’t get enough. It’s gingery, fresh, zingy…just go and give it a whiff. It’s THE perfect spring/summer daytime scent. Granted, the scent doesn’t last super long on me, but I love this enough to keep it in my handbag for top-ups throughout the day.

Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer, £19
A new release from Smashbox and definitely not as gimmicky as you might first think. This silicon-based clear gel turns any lipstick (from a bullet, not so much liquids or glosses) into a matte formula – amazing. You simply apply your lipstick, then rub a little bit of this on top and you get an instant matte effect (as the name would suggest). You don’t get that dry matte feeling as your lipstick remains a creamy texture so it stays super comfortable. Look out for a review on this soon.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Medium/Dark, £27
It has been quite a month for Smashbox and I. Normally I don’t get on that well with BB creams as I find them quite drying. The Camera Ready BB Cream from Smashbox gives a more dewy finish which I love, and comes in a decent range of colours. The shade Medium/Dark matches my NC42 skin perfectly and it’s really easy to use. I usually just slap it on with my fingers and I’m good to go. I tend to pop on a bit of concealer under my eyes but I reckon I could get away with just this.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick Shade 11, £1
I am gobsmacked that this lipstick costs just one English pound! One! It’s creamy, pigmented (more so than a lot of MAC lipsticks) and it’s a great pinky nude for darker skintones (which are notoriously hard to find on the high street). I love this by itself or with the Smashbox Insta-Matte too for a different effect.

Have you tried any of these products? I feel like this month’s favourites are all unsung and underrated?!

September 2015 Favourites

8 October 2015

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I was actually flabbergasted when I realised my last favourites post was almost a year ago. There have been plenty of products I’ve enjoyed so I can only put this down to laziness. Soz! Anyway I’ve got all of my favourites on my face for demonstrative purposes above.

Anastasia Beverley Hills DipBrow Pomade, Dark Brown, £15.00

I’ve just reviewed this and you can find it here. Basically I hardly ever used this until I ran out of my last Brow Wiz (review here) and I haven’t looked back. Sweat proof, perfect brows.

Rimmel Glam’Eyes Liquid Eyeliner, Black, £3.99

I’ve probably gone through about 20 of these in my life but stopped in favour of pen liners or gel liners. After about a two year hiatus, I’ve come crawling back to Glam’Eyes. Yes, it’s very wet, messy and doesn’t survive more than a drop of rain, which may seem pointless for anyone in a maritime climate, but for precision and smoothness, it can’t be beaten. Perfect for flicks.

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Oil-in-Cream, Dry Rough Hair, £6.99

You know when you’ve been out in the rain, and your hair has gone all frizzy and you don’t have time to wash it so you attempt to ‘just run the straighteners through it’ and it ends up inexplicably looking greasy and dry at the same time? Well, this stuff is the secret ingredient – it turns weather-beaten hair into a soft and shiny mane. Plus it can be used as a leave in conditioner for wet hair or as a pre-shampoo mask.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, £17.50

I’m sure I don’t have to go on about this. Stunning, stunning, stunning champagne highlighter with no obnoxious glitter.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil, Nude Perfection, £4.99

As far as matte lip products go, these pencils are some of the cheapest, least drying and easiest to wear I’ve tried. Nude Perfection is literally, the perfect nude and has been my go-to lip almost every day. Thinking about it, I think this is the only lipstick that I’ve ever finished and repurchased. Full review of the range here.

Empties #5

30 March 2015

beauty emptiesI have quite the glut of empties today – does anyone else get a fuzzy feeling inside when you throw away a mountain of rubbish?

Radox Muscle Soak, £2.00
Not sure if this eases muscle ache any more than normal bubble baths but pleasant enough although nothing to right home about. Everyone has a bottle of Radox in their bathroom right?

Repurchase? Maybe

L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray, £2.60
I’ve tried countless other hairspray brands and this is the only one that doesn’t make my hair sticky and crunchy.  Forever repurchased – I’m never without it.

Repuchase? Already have

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme, £30
I have a strained relationship with my hair and don’t feel like it deserves high end products. However, for this cult product I’ll make an exception. I bought this pot after trying out a travel size, and was hooked. It genuinely makes me hate my hair a little bit less.

Repurchase? Yes

Garnier 2-in-1 Express Eye Makeup Remover, £3.49
I was neither here nor there with this. It’s one of those bi-phase solutions which you have to shake up. It did a decent enough job of removing eye makeup without too much effort but was a little greasy. Nonetheless, one of the better drugstore options.

Repurchase? Maybe

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash, £6.50
Out of all the S&G body washes, this one is my most repurchased and probably my favourite. It’s fresh and uplifting and the bottle lasts months, depending on how often you wash yourself.

Repurchase? Yes

Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Wash, £6.50
Again, very fresh and zesty. I thought I’d like this more than Sugar Crush, and whilst it is indeed, orangeasmic, I think I just about like Sugar Crush more.

Repurchase? Probably

Avene Eau Thermale Micellar Lotion, £13.00 for 200ml
Not a lotion, just a water. I honestly can’t tell the difference between most micellar waters. Does what it says on the tin, and this tiny size was great for travelling and lasted forever (probably because I haven’t done much travelling). But there are cheaper options that do the same thing.

Repurchase? No

Murad Vitalic Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser, £28 for 150ml
I got this in a set, so not one I’d buy individually. Apparently foaming cleansers are to be avoided like the plague so I’ll probably steer clear. It was an ok cleanser, did the job gently but it didn’t blow me away, especially for the price. Also, I think it has been renamed to Pore Reform Daily Cleansing Foam, otherwise it has been discontinued.

Repurchase? No

Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner, £4.50
This is one of those conditioners that doesn’t feel like it’s doing much in the shower but when your hair has been dried and styled, the softness and shine is incredible. I’be only ever used this in conjunction with the Lush Braziliant solid shampoo so I’m not sure which is the praise worthy party. Maybe both?

Repurchase? Yes

Boots Time Delay Daily Cleansing Micellar Water, £4.49
This has a suspiciously high rating on the Boots website but I suspect those reviewers haven’t tried other micellar waters? I said most are similar but this is one that I hated. So much so I chucked it away when there was still half the bottle left, which is unheard of for a hoarder like me. It stung my eyes and felt weirdly sticky on my skin. Bizarre.

Repurchase? No

Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator, £2.99
I’m never without this exfoliator and always stock up on the travel sizes. It’s nice and scrubby without being overly harsh but really gives my skin a good polish. Makes a visible difference.

Repurchase? Already have?

Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz, £5.99
I really grew to love this and now it’s gone I miss it. It’s refreshing, hydrating and is perfect for wiping away the last traces of makeup after cleansing. I don’t even like rose that much but this was a joy to use. Apparently it visibly tightens pores but I don’t have a pore issue so can’t verify.

Repurchase? Yes

RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum, £41.00

I need to do a review of this but this stuff genuinely works. My lashes are a fair bit longer and definitely fuller, but I find you have to keep using it to hold onto the benefits.

Repurchase? Already have

Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm Pink Tint, £4.49
One of the few pink tinted lip balms that actually show up on me. Lovely colour, minty and moisturising. I also like how it’s relatively quick to use up – there’s something very satisfying about finishing a product.

Repurchase? Already have.

Nair Argan Oil Facial Wax Strips, £5.69
I’m not especially loyal to one waxing brand but I liked the look of these. However, after using them, I wasn’t any less mustached than before. These literally pulled out about two hairs and lost their stickiness after the first yank. Next please.

Repurchase? No

Boots Cosmetic Cotton Buds, £1.40
Another constant repurchase. Here’s a tip (literally) – make sure you get the ‘cosmetic’ buds, not the normal cotton buds. The pointed end is perfect for cleaning up botched winged liner and too-fat eyebrow tails.

Repurchase? Already have

Superdrug Cosmetic Cotton Buds, £1.39
Exactly the same as the Boots ones, I just pick them up from wherever is easiest at the time.

Repurchase? Yes

Dove Beauty FInish Anti-Perspirant, £2.99
Does the job, smells good and doesn’t sting. I get through these pretty quickly.

Repurchase? Already have

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm, £9.50
Don’t let the name fool you – this is most definitely not a balm, it’s more like a cream. This was ok, it left my skin feeling very moisturised and clean but stung my eyes horribly so not a good one for removing the last traces of mascara.

Repurchase? No

Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturizing Shampoo, £17 for 250ml
I don’t usually spend much on shampoo but this is genuinely one of the very few shampoos that actually felt moisturising on my coarse, dry hair. I’m in two minds about this as I’m pretty happy with my cheaper Lush option at the moment and I focus on conditioners and masks more when dealing with my dryness.

Repurchase? Maybe

September 2014 Favourites

12 October 2014

september 2014 favouritesBeing a Negative Nelly last month, there wasn’t much stuff I can say I loved. Makeup, masks and skincare fell by the wayside and even taking off my makeup before bed became a rarity. However, this did mean I took a much more simplistic approach to my daily makeup which is reflected in my few favourite products this month.

Maybelline Color Elixir Caramel Infused, £6.99

The thought of gloss usually strikes fear into my heart. But, this nude-pink gloss from the new Maybelline Color Elixir range surprised me. Does anyone remember Blair’s lips in Gossip Girl? I’ve been watching re-runs and literally couldn’t get over how smooth and plump her mouth looked (do I sound creepy yet?). Anyway, this is the only stuff I’ve found that gives the same effect – it fills in all the lines in my lips and makes them look the smoothest they’ve ever been.

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Cream Stick 55 Bronze, £15

Whenever I see a concealer stick, I always assume it’ll be like the ones in the 90s from the likes of Miss Sporty and Collection 2000. Remember the ones with the appearance and texture of a very dry, matte, white lipstick? Well, this isn’t like that. It’s creamy, blendable and the coverage is insane. I use it under my eyes and it’s the only concealer I feel doesn’t need a corrector underneath. It does need a setting powder on top to stop creasing but I am bumming this and refuse to carry on my existence without it.

Garnier Miracle Skin Cream, £12.99

Foundation has been quite frankly, absent from my life lately. I just can’t be bothered. This is all I’ve been using as a base all month and it makes my morning routine so easy. It’s a tiny bit light in colour for me but it’s nothing a bit of bronzer can’t sort out. It’s a moisturiser, it’s an SPF, it’s a skin-tone-even-outer, it’s an anti-ager and it’s all I need. I love that it’s yellow-toned and it makes my skin look even, bright and smooth. I’ve done a review here, if you want to see it in action.

Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser, £14

I reviewed this here. If like me, you hate cleaning your makeup brushes, and need to inject some fun into your dull life at the moment, this will give you a reason to carry on. My single favourite purchase of the summer.

P.S UK readers, don’t forget to enter my lovely jubbly MAC giveaway here.

Empties #3

1 October 2014

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There’s something very satisfying about finishing products and discarding the empty carcasses. I’ve been buying less skincare in particular, in an attempt to get through the mountain of hoarded products and I’m sure you’ll agree I’ve certainly given it a ruddy good go.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme, £27.50 (full size)

I’ve raved enough about this in the past (here and here) so won’t bore you again with it. This travel size version came in a handy set along with a shampoo and conditioner, and lasted me a good three or so washes.

Repurchase? Already bought the full size

Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturizing Conditioner 75ml, £7.45

I got so attached to the Elasticizer that I never actually used this conditioner without it so am unable to offer you a completely fair opinion. However, I LOVED this and the ‘slip’ it offered was unbelievable, something that’s hard to achieve with coarse, dry, thick hair like mine. Expensive but this combo is genuinely nothing like I’ve tried before.

Repurchase? Yes

Bourjois 1 Second Magic Nail Polish Remover, £4.99

If there is one beauty chore I hate (apart from moisturising) it’s taking off nail polish. This pot of joy makes the whole experience quick and fun. Smells great at first too, before the saturation happens then it’s potent enough to burn off your corneas.

Repurchase? Already have

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, £19 (full size)

Does anyone miss the old-fashioned fibre-y mascaras, rather than the plastic wands that seem to be everywhere these days? This wand is fat and juicy and because it’s bristles, really grips the lashes. I love it on the bottom lashes, it separates and lengthens but doesn’t clump. Not hugely volumising but I feel it would be good layered underneath something else.

Repurchase? Yes

Benefit They’re Real Mascara, £19.50 (full size)

Possibly the most talked-about mascara of recent times. This wand really get into the tiniest lashes and gives volume and length. I really like this but for some reason go through phases with it. Sometimes it works better than others, does this happen to anyone else?

Repurchase? Probably

Gosh Boombastic Mascara, £8.49

I reviewed this here so won’t go on about it too much. Quite simply, I love this and find it similar to Benefit They’re Real, but a bit better. I use this everyday and feel lost without it. I don’t like spending too much on mascaras so this one is perfect.

Repurchase? Already have

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, £7.99

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you will be fully aware of my lifelong battle with blackheads. The situation is 100% better than it used to be and these pore strips deserve credit for helping to clear things up. I’ve tried imitation brands but these are the best and don’t leave that unsavoury residue you get from cheaper brands.

Repurchase? Yes

Cherry Chapstick, £1.29

You don’t even want to know how long I’ve had this but the truth would horrify you. I started using this as a base for matte lipsticks and it did the job pretty well. It’s not super moisturising and won’t give you a slippery surface so lipstick sits nicely on top. To be frank, there’s nothing wrong with a Chapstick and I’ve got more sophisticated tastes now darling.

Repurchase? No

Dove Beauty Finish Deodorant, £3.50

My first spray deodorant in about a decade as I find roll-ons more industrial. However this works just as well and smells really good.  It does last way less than a roll-on but the it’s more refreshing and dry.

Repurchase? Already have

Sanctuary Illuminating Moisture Lotion 15ml, £2.99

I’ve been having a lusty affair with Sanctuary products for a while and this was one of the first things I succumbed to. This stuff is so brightening and is the perfect base for foundation, although I often don’t even bother, it’s that glowy. But if you’re into a matte base then this isn’t for you. And don’t let the mini size fool you, it lasts ages.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion, £14

This has quite the bounty of rave reviews on the Body Shop website and I was hankering to try it for a while. I used it after cleansing to exfoliate – it’s made up of really fine gritty bits in some kind of lotion. It kind of feels like scrubbing wet sand into your face, and my face can usually stand up to harsh treatment and is by no means sensitive, however this left my face looking like a baboon’s bum. It did feel extremely cleansing and my face looked super clean afterwards but it’s the only exfoliator I’ve used that left my skin red raw…and not in a good way

Repuchase? No

Una Brennan Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser, £16.99

Pump? Check. SPF? Check. Amazing scent? Check. This moisturiser lasted my about a year with daily use and I’ve really enjoyed it. It brightens and hydrates really well, but isn’t as glowy as the Sanctuary one mentioned above so it’s a good happy medium. I’ve got a million day creams to get through but one day will love to be reunited with this orange-y baby.

Repuchase? Yes

The Repurchases #1

5 August 2014

beauty repurchases

Maybelline Master Drama Cream Khol Eyeliner, £4.49

As far as drugstore black eyeliners go, this is my favourite (I have the brown one pictured because I thought it would look a little better than all the black stubs currently plaguing my life). Creamy, rich and long-lasting, it was the pencil that tempted me away from Urban Decay 24/7 liners. I’ve repurchased this 5 or 6 times and I don’t see this relationship ending any time soon.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £3.33

A new yet trusty friend. The last bottle lasted me AGES even with daily use. Good for the first stage of facial cleansing, fixing eyeliner cock-ups and early-morning face wiping when I can’t be bothered washing it. I don’t see the point of paying more for Bioderma when they essentially do the exact same thing.

Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat, £9.00

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this, and I refuse to paint my nails without it. It does turn gloopy quite quickly which can be infuriating, so I tend to snap this up any time I see it a bit cheaper.

Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm Pink Tint, £4.49

(review here) I repurchased this after dropping the last one behind a chest of drawers and will never be seen again (imagine if it was a high end product! I’d have taken a sledgehammer to the bloody thing to get it back). I love this, it’s really moisturising and tingly, and one of the few pink tinted balms that shows up on my lips.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme, £27.50

This is the only thing that tames my wild mass of frizzy curls. I first tried it in a sample size I had and bought the full size as soon as I ran out. Seems pricey but it does wonders. I simply can’t wash my hair without it now.

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